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Attorney IV - The First Court of Appeals

8 Apr 2024 11:20 AM | Lucy Cain (Administrator)

State Job Title: Attorney IV Posting #: 01-24-03-AT

Closing Date: Until filled Location: Houston, Texas

Salary Range: $ 105,000 – $120,000 Start Date: As soon as possible

(depending on experience)


The First Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas, is accepting applications for a staff attorney to work in

Justice Sarah Beth Landau’s chambers. The attorney in this position is expected to perform highly

advanced work with in-depth analysis and presentment of legal issues. The position provides opportunities

to use initiative and mature judgment in assisting the justices in the disposition of appeals and original

proceedings. In helping to process the work of the chambers, the attorney provides advice and counsel to

the justice in the assigned chambers as well as to other members of the court. The attorney reviews records

and briefs, conducts legal research, and makes recommendations to justices. Working with direction from

the assigned justice, the attorney prepares written memoranda and initial drafts of court opinions. The job

requires a strong command of appellate law and procedure and a strict adherence to rules of confidentiality

and judicial ethics. The Court has a teleworking policy that allows remote work two days per week.


Applicants must have the ability to work independently. Essential job functions for the position include:

  • reviewing appellate records and filings to assist justices in resolving issues presented in civil and

criminal appeals and original proceedings;

  • conducting electronic legal research and, when necessary, manual research;
  • analyzing statutes, judicial decisions, and other legal sources;
  • assessing cases for jurisdictional issues and attending to special problems and administrative


  • consulting with members of the court in connection with the court’s disposition of substantive and

procedural issues, formulating recommendations to panel members, and preparing memoranda and

initial drafts of proposed opinions and judgments;

  • assisting with review of motions and preparation of separate writings and related work, as


  • assisting panel members in preparation for oral argument, including making oral presentations

addressing appellate points, attending oral argument and participating in pre-submission and postsubmission conferences among justices, and attending to follow-up research and record review.

  • reviewing motions for rehearing and making recommendations to panel members; and
  • generally helping to process the work of the chambers, observing court rules, following court

processes and procedures, and maintaining confidences of the court.



Posting #: 01-24-03-AT


Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • license to practice law in the State of Texas;
  • minimum of five years’ experience as a practicing attorney;
  • knowledge of legal principles in civil areas;
  • knowledge of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, Uniform System of Citation, and Texas

Rules of Form;

  • ability to identify, analyze, and resolve legal and procedural issues and to present findings and

conclusions, both orally and in writing;

  • excellent legal-research skills, including a proficiency in computer research and cite checking;
  • excellent legal writing, editing, and proofing skills;
  • word processing skills; and
  • ability to prepare, plan, and organize work, and to communicate clearly and effectively.


  • Previous appellate court or clerkship experience;
  • Top 25% of law school graduating class;
  • Experience on a law review, law journal, or other publication and trial, moot court and/or mock

trial; and

  • Knowledge of legal principles in criminal areas.


The following Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) codes are generally applicable to this position:

27A, 250X, 4402, 4405, 4406, 4407, 4408, 4409, 4410, 4411, 4417, LGL10, LGL11, 51JX, 92J0.

Other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirement may meet the minimum

qualifications for this position and are encouraged to apply.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at:

Military Crosswalk for Occupational Category - Legal (


This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if

necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s

Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.



Posting #: 01-24-03-AT


Submit a single complete electronic application consisting of the following in pdf format:

1. resume or curriculum vitae;

2. electronically-signed State of Texas Job Application for employment; available on the First Court’s

website career page: TJB | 1st COA | Careers (;

3. writing sample;

4. three references familiar with the applicant’s work product and work habits; and

5. cover letter.

Email completed applications Any questions regarding the position should also be sent


Personal interviews will be conducted by invitation only.

The First Court of Appeals is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on a person’s

race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age

(40 or older), disability, or genetic information. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any

request for reasonable accommodations needed during the application process should be communicated by the

applicant to


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Lucy Fisher Cain (281) 685-9929

P.O. Box 61208

Houston, Texas  77208

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